Trial of man accused of killing IUM student starting Wednesday

The trial of a former long-distance bus driver who stands accused of killing his girlfriend, International University of Management student Iyaloo Ndapandula Hainghumbi, in January 2017, is expected to begin in the High Court here on Wednesday.

Court documents availed to Nampa on Tuesday indicated that alleged killer Victor Elia, 37, is expected to make his first appearance before Acting High Court Judge Elaine Rakow on Wednesday morning for the start of the proceedings of the trial.

The Office of the Prosecutor has assigned State Advocate Saloon Kanyemba to defend the prosecution's case in the matter while the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid has appointed and instructed Windhoek-based defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji to represent the accused long-distance bus driver.

The matter is expected before Judge Rakow on Wednesday morning at about 10h00.

The former bus driver has been in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility since his arrest in January 2017, with no option to post bail due to the seriousness and complexity of the charge he is facing.

He faces a charge of murder read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act of 2003 in respect of the circumstances that led to Hainghumbi's death.

Hainghumbi's body was discovered near the B1 main road between Windhoek and Okahandja on 14 January 2017.

The prosecution alleges that Elia murdered the student by hitting her on the head numerous times with an unknown object, after which he then allegedly dumped the body on the side of the road.

It is further alleged that Elia was not happy with the deceased after learning that she wanted to end their three-year-long relationship.

He was also the last person to see the deceased alive.

However, during his failed formal bail application before court in 2017, Elia denied being involved in Hainghumbi's death.

He told the court that he only met with her briefly on 13 January 2017 and he did not know what happened to her thereafter.

Source: Namibia Press Agency